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Fa - ther all cre - at - ing, Whose wis-dom, love, and power

First bound two lives to - geth - er

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E-den's pri-mal hour,

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to these Thy chil-dren Thine earliest gifts re - new,

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That guarded by Thy presence,

From sin and strife kept free, Their lives may own Thy guidance,

Their hearts be ruled by Thee. 4 Except Thou build it, Father,

The house is built in vain; Except Thou, Savior, bless it,

The joy will turn to pain; But naught can break the marriage

Of hearts in Thee made one, And love Thy Spirit hallows Is endless love begun.

J. Ellerton, 1876

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F. Mendelssohn

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And peace that knows no sad - ness, Thy presence, Lord, at-test.

2 As once in Eden's springtime,

As once at Cana's feast, So consecrate this bridal

Be Thou its guest and priest! With sunshine wreathe the altar,

Chase every cloud away, Nor let their voices falter

Who plight their troth today. 3 God bless the bride and bridegroom,

And fill with joy their life; Keep them, through all its changes,

True husband, faithful wife!

If Thou wilt smile upon them,

They shall not need the sun; This thought their hearts rejoicing

Henceforth, not twain but one. 4 With Thy great love befriend them,

The love that casts out fear; And make a rainbow round them

For every falling tear: Till, all their sheaves well-garnered,

Heaven's harvest home they raise, Where love, that knows no ending, Inspires more perfect praise.

J. B. Greenwood, b. 1828

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Thou dear-er

far than earth-ly guest, Vouch - safe Thy pres-ence here;

ho - ly Thou in - deed dost prove The mar-riage vow to

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2 The holiest vow that man can make,

The golden thread in life,
The bond that none may dare to break,

That bindeth man and wife;
Which, blessed by Thee, whate'er betides,

No evil shall destroy,
Through care-worn days each care divides,

And doubles every joy.
3 On those, who now before Thee kneel,

O Lord, Thy blessing pour,
That each may wake the other's zeal

To love Thee more and more;
O grant them here in peace to live,

In purity and love,
And, this world leaving, to receive
A crown of life above.

Adelaide Thrupp, 1853

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2 ( happy home, where two in heart united

In holy faith, and blessed hope, are one,
Whom death a little while alone divideth

And cannot end the union here begun!
3 O happy home, whose little ones are given
Early to Thee, in humble faith and prayer,
To Thee, their friend, who from the heights of heaven
Guides them, and guards with more than mother's care!
4 O happy home, where each one serves Thee, lowly,
Whatever his appointed work may be,
Till every common task seems great and holy,
When it is done, O Lord, as unto Thee!

5 O happy home, where Thou art not forgotten,
When joy is overflowing, full and free;
O happy home, where every wounded spirit

Is brought, Physician, Comforter, to Thee,-
6 Until at last, when earth's day's work is ended,

All meet Thee in the blessed home above,
From whence Thou camest, where Thou hast ascended,
Thy everlasting home of peace and love!

C. J. P. Spitta, 1833

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love that knows no end - ing, Whom Thou for - ev-er-more dost join in one.

2 () perfect Life, be Thou their full assurance

Of tender charity and steadfast faith,
Of patient hope, and quiet, brave endurance,
With childlike trust that fears nor pain nor death.

3 Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow;
Grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife,
And to life's day the glorious unknown morrow
That dawns upon eternal love and life.

Dorothy F. Bloomfield, 1883

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